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Today's First Look:  
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities  click here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM. 
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.  (including Canola prices in central and western Oklahoma)

Futures Wrap:  
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith and Tom Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day. 
Feeder Cattle Recap:  
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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We are in Overland Park, Kansas this morning- after spending the day yesterday at the Angus Means Business Convention and Trade Show.  This gathering of Angus seedstock producers and cattlemen who use Angus breeding stock had a heavy dose on Tuesday of how genomics are changing the makeup of our beef cow herds- and the bulls that are used to breed them.

Dr. Stewart Bauck, General Manager for Neogen GeneSeek Operations has been around since the beginning of this brave new world. I remember visiting with him more than once at summer cattle meetings when he worked for Merial and their early efforts in genomic testing. He said the world of bovine genomics really got its start in December 2004 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the international collaboration to sequence the bovine genome.  Once the sequence was complete, Dr. Bauck said they realized there were millions of snips (SNPs) in the genome. A California technology company called illumina built a chip that allowed scientists to integrate tens of thousands of snips in the genome.

Since that time, the science has advanced very quickly and has become economically feasible. For $45, an Angus breeder can pull tail hair or draw blood and ship it to GeneSeek to be analyzed. In return, GeneSeek sends the genomic data back to the American Angus Association to generate a genomically enhanced Expected Progeny Difference (EPD).

"The cattle producer gets back what he has always gotten back, which was an EPD, a language and a science and a measurement that he understands," Bauck said. "The difference is, it's much more accurate and highly beneficial for him."

In talking with the Interim CEO of the American Angus Association, Richard Wilson, Angus breeders have embraced this technology- with almost a fourth of all Angus registrations this past year now including genetic information on those animals.

Cattle producers can anticipate more advances in the near future. Bauck said genomic testing will get a little less expensive and the power of prediction will also increase. The technology will also become more precise in measuring difficult traits, such as longevity, feed efficiency, health resistance/tolerance and female fertility. He predicts quantifying these traits will come to the forefront in the next three to five years.

I caught up with Bauck at the Angus Means Business Convention that continues today and tomorrow in Overland Park, Kansas. Click or tap here to hear our full interview.

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Cattle prices have leveled out over the last week or so. That has helped the market recover some of the losses seen from the cattle market collapse from August and September. On a regular basis, Kansas State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Glynn Tonsor calculates a quarterly all-fresh beef demand update. For the third quarter, he said the index was up almost nine percent over last year. That is also the sixth consecutive quarter of at least a five percent increase in demand. Tonsor said that means the public is paying more beef than anticipated.

"They are seeing more value in them, they are willing to open up their wallets and spend more money on them," Tonsor said. "That means more money is going throughout the entire industry."

Tonsor said the nine percent increase in the index stems from a two percent increase in per-capita consumption and a six percent increase in inflation adjusted price for the quarter. By increasing both price and quantity, he said the demand curve shifted out. These third quarter numbers are confirmation of a three year trend of positive beef demand strength.

U.S. beef demand has remained strong. These third quarter numbers are some of the best demand numbers seen since the early 1990's. This retail beef demand index dates back to 1990. There was a lot of demand erosion throughout many years in the 1990's. Tonsor said these past three years has offset or erased some of those prior losses.  Click or tap to hear this interview with Tonsor or to see the beef demand index graph since 1990.

WOTUSvoteAg Groups Support Senate Bill on WOTUS- But Measure Falls Three Votes Short 

The Republican-led Senate fell three votes short of the 60 required to pass a bill Tuesday afternoon that would have forced the Obama Administration to redo the latest rule interpreting the Clean Water Act. The Senate voted on S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act. This bipartisan legislation would direct the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the current "waters of the United States" rule and immediately work with all stakeholders to draft a rule that would bring clarity to the Clean Water Act without usurping state and private water rights.

After the cloture motion failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who called the WOTUS rule a "cynical and overbearing power grab," brought up the GOP fallback measure, the disapproval resolution sponsored by Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. It only needed a simple majority to proceed, and the Senate voted 55-43 to take it up.

Both votes were largely symbolic, because of White House veto threats. 

Natural Resources Defense Council
Senior Attorney, Jon Devine, wrote a blog on Tuesday vote that fell short of the sixty yes votes needed to invoke cloture, saying:"...the Senate Republican leadership has no plan to help protect the public from water pollution....Instead, [bill sponsor] Sen. Barrasso and his supporters want to leave this water in limbo and open to threat. Happily, their efforts failed today, as will other attempts to kill the Clean Water Rule that the Senate may vote on this week."

Currently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has temporarily stayed implementation of the WOTUS rule across the country until they can determine jurisdiction. In granting the stay, the Court found that the WOTUS rule may violate established law on the extent of the Clean Water Act. Moreover, the Court cited the flawed rulemaking process used by the EPA and the arbitrary nature of the limits set in the rule.

Ahead of the vote- the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the National Council of Farm Coops released statements calling for the Senate to force EPA to go back to the drawing board- click on each group's name to read more about what they having been telling Congress on WOTUS.

JohnDeereJohn Deere and the Climate Corporation Expand Precision and Digital Agriculture Options for Farmers

Deere & Company and The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, have signed definitive agreements for Deere to acquire the Precision Planting LLC equipment business and to enable exclusive near real-time data connectivity between certain John Deere farm equipment and the Climate FieldView platform. The agreements represent the industry's first and only near real-time in-cab wireless connection to John Deere equipment by a third party.

"As a result of these milestone agreements, farmers will experience the fastest, most frequent and highest resolution third-party connectivity between John Deere's equipment and the Climate FieldView platform."

"To maximize the value of digital agriculture, farmers need solutions for simple and seamless collection of in-field agronomic data," said Mike Stern, president and chief operating officer for The Climate Corporation. "As a result of these milestone agreements, farmers will experience the fastest, most frequent and highest resolution third-party connectivity between John Deere's equipment and the Climate FieldView platform."

John May, president, agricultural solutions and chief information officer at Deere, said, "The agreements we are announcing allow John Deere to extend the range of retrofit options available from Precision Planting to many more products and into new geographies. John Deere strengthens its position as the most open platform in the industry both in our equipment and the cloud-based data management solution known as the John Deere Operations Center."  Click here to read more about this new agreement.

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SelkTipsSelk Recommends Mineral Program for Cows on Wheat Pasture

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest Cow-Calf Newsletter.

Some Oklahoma cow calf producers will use wheat pasture as a major source of winter feed for beef cows. If wheat pasture is the predominant feed in the diet of mature beef cows, providing an appropriate "wheat pasture" mineral mix will be helpful in preventing grass tetany at, or after the calving season begins.

Grass tetany, caused by magnesium deficiency does not seem to be a major problem in Oklahoma although occasional cases are reported. It typically occurs in beef cows during early lactation and is more prevalent in older cows. The reason is thought to be that older cows are less able to mobilize magnesium reserves from the bones than are younger cows. Grass tetany most frequently occurs when cattle are grazing lush immature grasses or small grains pastures and tends to be more prevalent during periods of cloudy weather. Symptoms include incoordination, salivation, excitability (aggressive behavior towards humans) and, in final stages, tetany, convulsions and death.

It is known that factors other than simply the magnesium content of the forage can increase the probability of grass tetany.   High levels of potassium in forages can decrease absorption of magnesium and most lush, immature forages are high in potassium. High levels of nitrogen fertilization have also been shown to increase the incidence of tetany although feeding protein supplements has not. Other factors such as the presence of certain organic acids in tetany-causing forages have been linked with tetany.   It is likely that a combination of factors, all related to characteristics of lush forage are involved.  Click here to read more from Dr. Selk. 

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WHOConsumer Research Group Predicts WHO Claims Against Processed Meat and Red Meat Will Not Scare Consumers Away

The recent announcement of a World Health Organization (WHO) study suggesting a link between processed and red meat consumption and cancer raised the question of how consumers would respond. Would they, for instance, reduce their intake of these foods? 

If history repeats itself, the study will have little impact on the consumption of these foods, according to leading global information company The NPD Group, which has continually tracked all aspects of eating attitudes and behaviors for over 30 years. 

Using history as a predictor of future consumption behavior, NPD analyzed consumption behaviors after a 2002 American Cancer Society report recommended that consumers limit their consumption of processed and red meats, especially those high in fat. The ACS report, which was widely publicized at the time of its release, cited epidemiologic studies that found populations with diets high in fruits and vegetables and low in animal fat, meat, or calories have a reduced risk of some of the most common types of cancer.  In its recommendations, ACS stated that in the U.S., about 35% of cancer deaths may be avoidable through dietary modification. 

The NPD analysis, which was based on information collected through its National Eating Trends service, looked at consumption trends for processed meats, fish/seafood, steak, bacon/substitute bacon, poultry, ham, pork (excluding ham and bacon), and ground beef/hamburger/patties/and dishes. There was no discernible difference in the consumption of processed and red meats or many of the other animal proteins tracked after the ACS guidelines were released compared to eating patterns prior to 2002. Processed meat consumption did decline somewhat beginning in 2005 until 2007 when its consumption steadily increased through 2014. Poultry consumption also increased from 2003 through 2007 and has plateaued since.

Click here to read more of the release from the consumer tracking group on this latest assault on Processed and Red meat.

ThisNThatThis N That - Armitage Livestock Plans Fall Gathering This Saturday,  It's Big Iron Wednesday and Congrats to Dr. Robert Westerman 

Mike and Martha Armitage  of the A Bar Ranch have a combo cattle/horse sale of top stock planned for this Saturday- they are calling it their Fall Gathering.  Planned for OKC West in El Reno, the sale will kick off Saturday morning at 11 AM with a great set of heifers and cows that will improve your cattle herd.

At 3:30 PM- a set of 35 Brangus Bulls will be offered. 

Then at 6:00 PM- the day will wrap up with Remuda Sale- featuring 17 ranch geldings and 40 weaned colts.

For more information- click here for their Auction listing from our website- Oklahoma Farm Report.


It's Wednesday- and that means the Big Iron folks will be busy closing out this week's auction items - all 408 items consigned.  Bidding will start at 10 AM central time.                

Click Here for the complete rundown of what is being sold on this no reserve online sale this week.
If you'd like more information on buying and selling with Big Iron, call District Manager Mike Wolfe at 580-320-2718 and he can give you the full scoop.  You can also reach Mike via email by clicking or tapping here. 

This last week- we began dropping in the videos from the recent OSU salute to three distinguished Ag School Alums- as well as three non alums who have had major impact on the Ag School as well as on Oklahoma Agriculture- this award called their DASNR Champions. 

This morning- we have another of those tribute videos that we wanted to share with you- the one that honors OSU Distinguished DASNR Alum Dr. Robert Westerman

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